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PAINT PLOT: Q&A with Australian artist Phoebe Dunn, who created the giraffe paint by numbers

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PAINT PLOT: Q&A with Australian artist Phoebe Dunn, who created the giraffe paint by numbers

Here at Paint Plot, we like to commission artists from around the world to create new and interesting designs for our community. The more painting kits we have, the more choice we offer our customers when they select the best paint by numbers kit for adults.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Phoebe Dunn who comes from the City of Melbourne in Australia.

Phoebe loves spontaneity and colour. This artistic flair comes through in her paint plot paint by number’s kits, the “Upside-down Giraffe” and the “Colorful Giraffe”. Phoebe acknowledges that life is hectic but she always finds time to paint.   

Given these difficult times around the world at the moment a little color and spontaneity is a definite must to sit back, relax and get creative.

Phoebe is inspired by Mural and Street artists because they make colors explode whilst telling a story. She also references Vincent Van Gogh as one of her favorite artists based on his experimentation throughout his life and his play of colour, layers and perspectives. 

  1. Please tell us a little about yourself.  

    I am creative and quirky by nature. I’ve always love being surrounded by colour and taking the time out for a good cup of tea.  
  1. We just love the Upside-Down Giraffe paint by numbers kit; do you have a favourite animal?

    I would say dogs as I've always grown up with dogs and just love their multiple personalities.

    upside-down-giraffe-kit happy-giraffe-kit
  1. What is your most important tool when you’re painting?

    My most important tool would be white paint, I know that sounds a bit weird but you can build with white paint and add it to other colours to get different shades or a marble effect, it’s also great to do highlights to add that bit extra. 
  1. What’s your favourite artwork?

    Whenever I am in the Melbourne City and able to visit the NGV, I always go straight to 'The Banquet of Cleopatra' by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. This larger than life painting has so much detail in every corner, something new can be seen every visit, the story behind it is intriguing and the fact it’s painted as the wrong era is very unusual and different.
  1. What’s the best piece of advice that you have been given?

    Take time for you, everything can feel rushed and overwhelming but remind yourself you are okay and you are safe.  Do something that you enjoy for the sake of feeling good. 
  1. Finally what is the best piece of advice that you could give our Paint plot community who are starting to paint your giraffes?

    Always start with the background and work your way to the layers that would be onto such as the eyes and patches. This way the top and last layers can be done with clean lines and overlap so there is no paper showing through. Also feel free to change it, different colours or scenery in the background, experimentation is half the fun!

Pheobe has also created some brand new paint by numbers for beginners for our Paint Plot community, the Happy Panda, Cheeky Monkey and Swinging Monkey kits! 

Happy Panda Paint By Numbers Kit for Beginners

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